2013 Climate A Brief Review - UPDATED!

One word could sum up the climate across the Devils Lake, Red River Valley and Minnesota Lakes Country for 2013: Variable. Some may add Extreme. Depending on where you were the year was either quite wet, normal or fairly dry. Overall the region was colder than normal for the year. What follows is a brief summary in tables and images, with a more detailed narrative at the end of the article (via a PDF link).

Remember these are preliminary numbers that could change upon further review and analysis. While the local NWS takes the best effort to ensure the data are correct, errors can and do occasionally creep in.

For Fargo:

  •  The average temperature for Fargo in 2013 was 40.3 degrees, which was 2.1 degrees below the 1981 - 2010 average. That pretty much makes it a middle of the road year.
  •  Total precipitation was 32.10 inches, or the 4th wettest on record. There were some heavy rains in May and June that fell directly on the F/M area that helped push this local total up.

For UND/NWS

  •  The average temperature at the UND/NWS Climate Station in 2013 was 38.2 degrees, which was 2.8 degrees below the 1981 - 2010 average. Based on the preliminary values that make it the 13th coldest year on record.
  •  Total precipitation was 19.14 inches, or smack dab in the middle of the pack at 47th place. This represents about 60 percent of what fell across the southern Red River Valley and Devils Lake Basins.

The images below are for the Grand Forks NWS area of responsibility. The top image is the mean temperature departure from normal for the entire year; the image below is for the same period yet represents the departure from normal precipitation. They are also based on the preliminary data as compiled by the Regional Climate Center in Lincoln Nebraska.

Generally speaking the entire Red River Valley was cooler than normal in 2013. Images courtesy of the High Plains Climate Center.

 

Precipitation varied quite a bit across the region with the Devils Lake, southern Red River Valley and Lake of the Woods region the wettest. Due to the drier than average conditions over the northern Valley and portions of north central Minnesota, a 2nd year of drought plagued agricultural interest. Images courtesy of the High Plains Climate Center.

Above is a trace of the daily high and low temperatures for Fargo Hector Field for 2013, with the normal high, normal low as well as record temperatures posted for reference. Click on the image for a larger version.

Above is a trace of the daily precipitation for Fargo Hector Field for 2013, with the normal and record annual precipitation posted for reference. Click on the image for a larger version.

Above is a trace of the daily high and low temperatures for the UND/NWS Climate Station for 2013, with the normal high, normal low as well as record temperatures posted for reference. Click on the image for a larger version.

Above is a trace of the daily precipitation for UND/NWS Climate Station  for 2013, with the normal and record annual precipitation posted for reference. Click on the image for a larger version.

Click here for a detailed 2013 Weather Year in Review (PDF format)



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